‘All Hands on Deck’ is a joint report with Deloitte that outlines industry perspectives of how to accelerate decarbonisation of the shipping sector. ‘All Hands on Deck’ presents 12 recommendations for action, drawn from the views of 80 senior shipping executives, representing 22 countries and almost all segments of the industry.

Building on that research, ‘Setting Shell’s Course’ highlights the important role that hydrogen and fuel cells could play in decarbonising shipping, and sets out Shell’s ambition for a net-zero emissions sector by 2050.

Why decarbonise?

Shipping is the backbone of the global economy. It is by far the most efficient mode of freight transport and transports approximately 80% of the world’s trade volume, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). However, as the industry’s development continues, it generates increasing carbon emissions from shipping.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has set an ambition to reduce the carbon intensity of emissions from shipping by at least 40% by 2030, and 70% by 2050, compared with 2008 levels. To achieve this, the shipping industry needs to unite in taking urgent action.

Today, there is an opportunity to create a new paradigm through a set of manageable, practical solutions that could break the deadlock and accelerate decarbonisation. Making this happen requires collaboration within the shipping industry itself, across the broader shipping ecosystem and with other sectors.

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Dialogue on decarbonisation

Shell and MSC, a world leader in global shipping, are discussing ways to help achieve a net-zero emissions shipping industry.

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Can shipping navigate to net zero?

It’s the backbone of global trade, but there’s a challenge when it comes to lowering carbon emissions. What will it take to get shipping in to shape? The Energy Podcast brings together DNV GL, the Port of Rotterdam, Wan Hai Lines, Environmental Defense Fund, Deloitte and Shell.


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Explore the publications

Download ‘All Hands on Deck’ report

Explore “Decarbonising Shipping: All Hands on Deck” which outlines a roadmap of how to accelerate decarbonisation of the shipping sector.

Download ‘All Hands on Deck’ Executive summary

Download the executive summary of “Decarbonising Shipping: All Hands on Deck” on how to accelerate shipping decarbonisation.

Download ‘Setting Shell’s Course’ report

Read Shell’s strategy for decarbonisation, how it is lowering emissions today, and how it hopes to accelerate the industry’s transition to net-zero emissions.

Media release

Read the media release for the ‘Setting Shell’s Course’ report.

"We know that shipping is one of the harder sectors to decarbonise, which is why we are working with our customers and the wider industry to identify possible solutions. The ‘All Hands on Deck’ report shows the urgent effort required by industry to reduce carbon emissions. It stems from Shell’s own ambition to be a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050 or sooner. To achieve that, we need to work with our customers."

Huibert Vigeveno, Downstream Director of Shell